Belgium and Benin work together to improve the well-being of the Beninese population and State entities, in a spirit of partnership and shared responsibility. Our approach puts the priority on partnership, the transfer of skills, sustainability and innovation.
Despite the fact that Benin’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture, the country is not self-sufficient in terms of food. The agricultural world is challenged by problems with the availability of good quality inputs, climate variations and poor product-processing and marketing capacity.
Enabel helps Benin to improve agricultural performance, with a view to ensuring sustainable food and nutritional sovereignty, and contributing to the country’s economic and social development. Our involvement focuses on strengthening all the links in the value chain and develop the production, processing and marketing of pineapples and the cashew industry in a sustainable manner.
Cotonou Port is one of the largest ports on the West African coast. Enabel is supporting it with its modernisation efforts, in order to make it more efficient and more competitive.
The goal is to strengthen its competitive positioning by facilitating investment, developing the skills needed to operate the port and working on environmental issues.
Despite the government’s efforts, malaria, anaemia and respiratory infections remain the main causes of death in Benin. HIV/AIDS remains stable (1.2%), but new diseases are emerging. These can be blamed on changes in eating habits, urbanisation and a more sedentary life style.
We intervene at every level of the health system, supporting the Ministry of Health as well as hospitals and health centres. Enabel promotes rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services. To optimise resources in the sector and ensure adequate monitoring, Enabel also provides support for the digitalization of good quality data in the health sector.
Enabel is involved in a project using drones to develop the pineapple sector in Benin. It aims to provide the sector with a sustainable tool to assure further growth. Interview with Eder Gninou, expert digitalisation in Benin.
Interview with Eder Gninou, drones in the pineapple sector
The 2019-2023 cooperation programme in Benin has a total budget of sixty million euros. Belgium also implements projects on behalf of other donors for an amount of around twenty million euros.
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